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Royal Deeside, Scotland


Balmoral Castle, holiday home for the Royal Family, is usually open to visitors from late April until July


Braemar, heart of beautiful Royal Deeside is a holiday playground unequalled in Scotland. Surrounded by the fine Grampian mountains and woodland scenery it is a mecca for the walker, climber or wanderer. Add in the nearby castles and distilleries and you have the ideal place for a holiday break. The nearby River Dee flowing past Braemar Castle and the royal Balmoral Castle on its way to Aberdeen offers the finest salmon fishing. On the southern edge of the village Braemar Golf Course is the highest 18 hole course in Britain. To the south just 8 miles away is Glenshee Ski Centre, the home of the largest ski centre in Scotland.

An ancient village with long links to Scottish royalty, it is home each year on the first Saturday of September to the world famous Braemar Gathering and Highland Games regularly attended by members of the Royal Family. Little wonder that Braemar won the coveted Best Village for Tourism in Scotland in 1992 and again in 1996.


 Balmoral Castle

 Braemar Castle

  Royal Deeside

Braemar Golf Club


Please note, prices, where given, are approximate and should be checked

Balmoral Castle (tel 013397 42334) About 9 miles east of Braemar, the estate of Balmoral was purchased for Queen Victoria in 1852 and the castle was built shortly thereafter. It has been in regular use ever since as a family residence for the Royal Family. Between the middle of April and the end of July part of the Castle and Grounds are open to the public. Exhibitions are staged in the Ballroom and Carriage Hall. In addition there are Pony Trekking, Pony Cart Rides Country Walks, Gift Shops and Cafeteria. (Summer 2000) Open Monday 17th April until Monday 31st July 10.00 - 17.00 daily. Adults L4, OAP L3, Children L1 (L = UK pounds)

Near to Balmoral are

Crathie Church 9 miles A delightful Victorian built church with some fine stain glass windows. Services 11.30 each Sunday. Open April-Oct 9.30 - 17.30, Sundays 14.00 - 17.00 (Royal Family attend services when in residence at Balmoral and the Pricess Royal was married here.)

Royal Lochnagar Distillery Visitor Centre, Crathie (tel 013397 42700) Adjacent to Balmoral Castle on the south side of the River Dee. Guided Tours and whisky tasting. Open Easter to October Mon - Sat 10.00 - 17.00 Sun 12 noon - 16.00. November to Easter Mon - Fri 10.00 - 17.00 Disabled Toilets

Braemar Castle (tel 013397 41219). This historic castle is a half a mile north-east of Braemar adjacent to the A93. It can be reached via one of the many pretty walks. The Castle was built in 1628 but was later put to the torch and restored becoming a Hanovarian garrison post after 1745. A beautiful castle offering insight into the way people lived earlier in the 20th Century. Open from Easter until end of October daily from 10.00 - 18.00 (Not open on Fridays except in July and August). Adults L3, OAP/Parties (over 10) L2.50, Children L1.00 (L = UK pounds).





Braemar Castle, on the edge of the village, has survived over 350 years of eventful history 


Braemar Golf Club has the highest 18 hole course in Great Britain. The new clubhouse is licensed and catering is available for members and visiting golfers. (tel 013397 41618)

Charges (2000)

Monday - Friday Round L15, Saturday & Sunday Round L18, Day L23, Weekly L80. Special day rate for parties (over 10) L12 per person. (L= UK pounds)




The picture shows the club house nestling between Morrone and the Clunie River as seen from the fifth tee



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A malt whisky trail

Church of St Margaret

Morrone Birkwood


Pages constructed by Mike Franklin, Braemar, 27th January 2002

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Photographs by Sandra Geddes, Mike Franklin, Steve Heyes and others.